TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.—Richard Branson reached the sting of house and landed efficiently after a flight aimed toward spurring a brand new, multibillion-dollar space-tourism trade.
The British entrepreneur and 5 crew members crossed the brink on a check flight of the spacecraft developed by Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc., which climbed greater than 50 miles above the Earth’s floor.
The spacecraft VSS Unity landed again on the Spaceport America facility in New Mexico on Sunday after a flight lasting about an hour. It efficiently separated from the launch aircraft VMS Eve, which took off after a climate delay, earlier than its onboard rocket fired and despatched it increased.
On the peak, Mr. Branson and different crew members unbuckled and skilled weightlessness and peered at Earth and into house from a dozen home windows within the cabin.
The flight is a part of a broader push from corporations and traders to develop viable companies primarily based on human house flight, lengthy dominated by authorities house companies with scientific and coverage missions. There have been situations of personal space-tourist journeys previously, such because the investor Dennis Tito’s 2001 go to to the Worldwide Area Station, however constructing a non-public trade round such journey has proved elusive for industrial enterprises up to now.